“The pain associated with diversity can be thought of as the pain of exercise. You have to push yourself to grow your muscles. The pain, as the old saw goes, produces the gain. In just the same way, we need diversity—in teams, organizations and society as a whole—if we are to change, grow and innovate.” From https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-diversity-makes-us-smarter/
A University is an international place – my work brings me into contact with students and faculty representing many different ethnicities, races, and nationalities. We are working to create awareness of implicit bias and to implement authentic diversity programs.
As a volunteer conversation guide for an annual diversity event called Husker Dialogues I’ve been able to interact directly with students in a program designed to bring first-year students to an awareness of diversity issues on campus. We are trained to facilitate discussions about their experiences with diverse populations.
Finally, I must add that the strengths-based philosophy that I employ in my coaching inherently honors human diversity. The concept of innate talent and the need to understand that we each have our own filter, that no particular perspective is better than any other, and that, ultimately we need the unique talents of others to accomplish great things is central to the idea that diversity is essential to growth and innovation.